The Next-Generation Transit Survey has achieved first light at ESO's Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. This project will search for transiting exoplanets -- planets that pass in front of their parent star and hence produce a slight dimming of the star's light that can be detected by sensitive instruments. The telescopes will focus on discovering Neptune-sized and smaller planets, with diameters between two and eight times that of Earth.
Intrexon Corporation, a leader in synthetic biology and its oncology partner, ZIOPHARM Oncology, today announced a broad exclusive licensing agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, including an exclusive sublicensing agreement through MD Anderson for intellectual property developed at the University of Minnesota for the development of non-viral adoptive cellular cancer immunotherapies.
University Hospitals Case Medical Center has signed an agreement with Advanced Biological Laboratories, an information technology and diagnostic company based in Luxembourg, to join efforts on the designing and validation of an HIV drug resistance and tropism assay based on next-generation sequencing.
To aid US policymakers and other stakeholders who make decisions about the nation's food system, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council offers a framework for assessing the health, environmental, social, and economic effects of proposed changes to the system.
Electronic noise from Quantum Cascade Laser drivers has long limited the detection threshold of chemical sensors. No longer. Patented low noise technology is now available to both researchers and developers. Wavelength Electronics introduces the QCL LAB family of instruments that couple an intuitive touchscreen display with low noise drive electronics that have a proven track record of dropping detection thresholds up to an order of magnitude.
Scientists from Queen's University Belfast have partnered with leading astrophysicists across Europe for a ground-breaking space research project that will form a crucial step in the quest to study small, rocky planets orbiting other stars and discover new planets. The Next-Generation Transit Survey has achieved first light at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile, and will reach a level of accuracy never before attained under observatory conditions.
The Electromagnetic Railgun -- a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the US Navy -- will be on display to the public for the first time on the East Coast Feb. 4-5 at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO in Washington, DC, officials at the Office of Naval Research announced Jan. 13.
The STRENGTH project, which has recently begun at la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, is intended to strengthen the institution's European presence. In order to do so, it plans to stimulate activities that promote research and consolidate the Research Service's Office of European Projects.
A prototype for doing a skin biopsy in 5 minutes and a simulator for training doctors in minimally invasive surgery are some of the innovative projects in the process of being patented that have arisen from the relationship between the university and medical centers in the region. These are some of the examples that were spoken of at the 2nd Meeting between the UC3M and the Madrid center of the Platform for Innovation in Medical and Healthcare Technology.
A major investment in gene sequencing technology will secure Scotland's place as a world leader in a genomics revolution that is set to transform healthcare. The Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are to partner with Illumina the global leader in sequencing and genomics, in the £15 million project.